From: Gudrun Ziegler <gudrun.ziegleruni.lu>
Subject: New Master Programme - Learning/Multilingualism
New Academic Master in Education - Learning and Development in Multilingual
and Multicultural Contexts
starting at the University of Luxembourg in September 2007
Aims and outcomes
Challenging multilingual and multicultural contexts within modern societies
as induced by migration, mobility and globalization call for new expertise
and leadership in all areas dealing with relevant educational issues such
as research in learning and teaching, educational policies, management of
human resources as well as social and cultural development. Taking the
Luxembourg context as an example, the MA programme mediates an advanced
understanding of socio-cultural issues of learning and development in
situations of linguistic and cultural diversity.
The programme encourages students to develop a scientifically grounded,
contextually valid and problem-oriented working attitude preparing them for
careers within two strands:
- The successful completion of the trilingual multi-LEARN MA programme
prepares for doctoral programmes in the area of education and
(inter-)disciplinary fields related to the study of linguistic and cultural
- It also provides a valuable asset for existing and prospective careers
beyond the academic world in domains that call for ever more experts with a
socio-cultural research background in education and culture, such as
teaching-for-learning practices, vocational training and learning,
journalism in multimedia and publishing, group-oriented marketing and
advertising as well as linguistic management in public and private areas.
General course description
The programme follows a challenging concept of teaching-for-learning within
higher education based on the theoretical framework of Activity Theory, the
socio-cultural and socio-historical paradigm of learning and development as
well as the socio-cognitive study of learning and teaching in interaction.
In this way, it provides excellent grounds for extending existing
theoretical frameworks, professional skills and mediational tools for the
study of multilingual and multicultural contexts on behalf of the MA
candidate's individual profile and development throughout the MA courses.
The multi-LEARN MA programme takes a learners-as-researchers approach
combining case studies with a cross-disciplinary exploration of the
following four domains of interest:
- the nature of learning, especially with regard to language and literacy,
- the dialectic systematics of human activity and development,
- the role of media (e.g., Information Communication Technology) and
mediation in processes of learning and development,
- the interplay of identity, discourse and the politics of language.
Pedagogical principles and teaching methods
According to each domain, students will work within a case-based analytical
framework integrating qualitative research methodologies in order to
explore such issues as:
- new ways of reasoning and modelling when dealing with the dynamics of
multilingualism and multiculturalism,
- the possibilities of fostering diversity-bound resources for learning and
development in general and across the lifespan,
- the (individual, collective, societal) construction and negotiation of
identity through and within discourse and interaction,
- the importance, nature and dynamic impact of semiotic systems, cultural
artefacts and social mediations.
The multi-LEARN MA programme puts to action a case-based, problem-oriented
working scheme, using seminar teaching as well as peer collaboration,
individual tutoring, guided internships and 'blended learning'. Students
will not only focus on learning and development within multilingual and
multicultural contexts but, importantly, they will also experience
activity-driven learning and analytical development throughout their
studies at the University of Luxembourg.
A multilingual programme scheme
The MA programme promotes a specific concept of functional multilingualism
and is taught in three languages: English, French and German. Students need
active knowledge of and fluency in English and additionally either French
or German. Comprehension and reading skills in the three languages are
considered as an advantage.
The MA programme consists of 120 ECTS credits.
Candidates are expected to have an excellent BA degree in educational
studies, social sciences, psychology or a disciplinary field related to
education, learning, language studies and socio-cultural issues. The
multi-LEARN MA programme aims to bring together graduates from local,
regional and international contexts, thus allowing for personal and
professional development in terms of learning in peer-settings, case-driven
group configurations as well as problem-oriented counselling.
Conditions of admission: To be announced by April 2007
Starting date: September 2007
For further details concerning the programme:
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Gudrun Ziegler
Tel.: +352 46 66 44 93 63
More information comming up at:
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
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